“Modern Houses and Beautiful Houses”

A fine masonry Queen Anne style house from Shoppell’s “Modern Houses and Beautiful Houses,” 1887 edition It is Design 359. See the published design below (the main image focuses on the side elevation, the small inset shows the facade featured in the current photo).

A lovely example of the Queen Anne style with a wonderful projecting bay that forms a tower on one side of the facade. Popularized by magazines and house plan books by Shoppell and others, houses in this style were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements in the wood products industry allowed the construction of wood-framed houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers, but many examples were also built in stone and brick for more wealthy homeowners.

The use of both stone and brick combined with wood porches and gables with stucco and half-timbering bring the varied textures and patterns typical of the style to this beautiful house in Bangor, Maine.

Understanding the style of a house is an essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.

More than 50 color photos illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available at YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/ and in the shop on this page. The shop also carries select restoration titles by other authors.

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